Palestine slams U.S. envoy for criticizing PA over U.S. peace proposal rejection

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-03 20:22:13|Editor: Li Xia
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RAMALLAH, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday slammed U.S. peace envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt over criticizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) for rejecting U.S. peace proposal.

Greenblatt reiterated in an editorial published Monday in Israel Hayom newspaper the U.S. position towards Jerusalem as being entirely the capital of Israel and considered the Palestinian position toward the United States "disappointing and harmful."

In response, Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in an emailed press statement that Greenblatt undermines international legitimacy and his article shows "the absolute adoption of the current U.S. administration to the Israeli narrative and vocabulary."

The statement said that Greenblatt's words "reveal a complete ignorance of the facts related to the conflict, or a deep, wide disdain to the Arab and Islamic worlds."

In February, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented a peace plan to the United Nations Security Council, calling for holding an international peace conference and forming a multi-international mechanism to sponsor the peace process.

Abbas' plan was based on implementing the two-state solution in accordance with the 1967 borders and aimed at giving the Palestinian people freedom and independence with East Jerusalem as their capital.

However, the U.S. government under President Donald Trump has been preparing for a new peace plan called "Deal of the Century" against which the Palestinians have repeatedly voiced their rejection.

The PA severed its ties with the Trump administration after he declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December of 2017 and moved the U.S. embassy to the disputed holy city on May 14.